Wednesday, June 5, 2013

{Blast from the Past} Wooden Firecrackers

It's about that time again, where we start busting out the red, white and blue and all the craftiness those colors inspire.  Here's a flashback to these easy wooden firecrackers that I shared a few years back {in case you missed them or forgot about them.}


These cuties took me only about a half hour to whip up.  And I love them!  

If you want to make your own {and I know you do!}, you'll need:

three pieces of wood: 1 7 inches long, 1 6 inches long and 1 5 inches long and all about 2 inches wide
Red, white and blue paint
Wooden star
Hemp or twine
Hot glue and paint brushes


I started with this block of wood.  It was left over from the posts of our fence.  Pre-cutting, it was about 4 inches wide.  I divided it in half on two sides and drew some lines.  Then, my brother-in-law helped me do the cutting-I don't trust myself with power tools while being pregnant.  Once I had four pieces, I had him cut two shorter-taking one inch off of one and two inches off of the other.


So they looked like this.  Now, my pieces were pretty rough and I wanted them that way.  I liked the rustic look of them.  So I just lightly sanded the edges and tops and bottoms to smooth them out so there wouldn't be rough edges to catch on things or scratch up the furniture.


Once they were sanded and ready to go, I painted them.  Each piece got two coats of paint, which I let dry in between coats.


Like so.


Then it was time to add the "wicks."  I used three pieces of hemp for this that I just cut at random lengths.


Then glued to the top of each firecracker.


So they looked like this.


Then I wrapped a piece of hemp around the whole thing a few times and tied it in a knot at the back, then slid the star in.


Here they sit with some of my other red, white and blue decor.



I quite like the way they turned out.  And since I had almost everything on hand already, they were super-cheap.  The only thing I had to buy was the little star, which was a whopping 79 cents at Michaels!

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Friday, May 31, 2013

It's About That Time...

I've been putting off this post.  Dreading it, really.  As I'm sure you've noticed, I haven't been around much, and by much, I mean in  like well over 6 months.  And as I got further and further behind, it was just easier to put this off.  This post where I basically spill my guts.  But I can't put it off any longer, so here goes.

I love blogging, not that you could tell from my serious lack of posts or presence in these past months, but I really do.  It's given me a great creative outlet and allowed me to connect with some amazing people {yes, if you are reading this, that includes you.}  But a lot, and I do mean A LOT, has changed in my world since I started this blog.  Two moves cross country, starting back to school to finish my degree, another wee one, being essentially a single mom for the last 3 years, and my Etsy business growing in ways I never imagined-all of this has pulled me in different directions.  Since becoming a mom, I've had a hard time balancing life and making sure that the important things always stay at the top of the list.  I admittedly have not always done a great job of that.  It's a major reason why I've let the blog go as I have.  I got overwhelmed.  I really don't know how all the mommy bloggers of more than one small child do it and manage to get dinner on the table and the laundry done.  It's also gotten to that point where every time I sit down to write a post, I find myself at a loss for what to write, then I feel like I'm forcing myself to write something just for the sake of having something to post, which I never wanted for this blog.  I feel like most of the time, my efforts are in vain.  I could be blogging just as long as someone else, with the same quality posts and pictures and whatnot, making the same effort to market and get my name out there and be a quarter as successful.  So, often times, I feel like I'm making a lot of effort, taking time away from the things that matter, the things that need my attention, for nothing.  

Then there is my ever-present self-esteem issues.  A big part of blogging is putting yourself out there for people to judge and that makes you a little vulnerable.  And I'm not always good with vulnerable, or with feeling like I'm not good enough.  There are several things I know to be fact in this life: I love my husband and children more than I ever thought humanly possible, I have been immensely blessed by a Heavenly Father who loves me more than I can fathom and whom I love greatly, the laundry is never really done and I am just your average girl.  There is nothing that stands out or is special about me.  I'll never be the maid of honor or even a bridesmaid at anyone's wedding.  My face and name are quickly forgotten, even by people I see on a regular basis.  I have several people, aside from my husband, whom I consider my best friends, but I am no one's best friend.  I'm not really great at anything, just mediocre at a lot of things.  I'll never be the favorite aunt or sister-in-law or whatever.  I'll never be that person that other people say, "Oh, you get to hang out with ________, you are so lucky!" about.  I've watched my friends make real efforts to stay close to the people in their lives that they don't get to see everyday, I am not one of those people that is worth the effort.  These are things I've come to accept about myself.  They do get me down sometimes; I recently attended the wedding of the one person I've considered my best friend for longer than I can remember.  She was my maid of honor in my wedding, I wasn't anything besides just another guest at hers.  I won't say that it didn't hurt a little.  But it's just how things are.  Now, this is not a cry for attention or praise.  It just is what it is.  

How all of my ramblings relate to my blogging absence is this: first, I need to get better at managing my time. I'm still in school full-time and have two children 4 and under running around at home.  I have my business that I so desperately want to grow.  Second, I need to find that spark that I had when I first starting blogging.  I need to feel inspired again.  So I'm officially taking a break from blogging.  I don't know for how long, and I don't know if it will be permanent or not.  I just feel like I need time to take a step back, take a deep breath and really evaluate the things in my life and see where they fit, if they even still do.

For now, this isn't good-bye, just a "See you later."  I hope to be back {for reals} soon and I love you all for being patient and supportive and awesome.

TTFN!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

{Whatcha Eatin'} Pin-Worthy Recipes, Dinner-Style

One of the things I love about Pinterest is finding things I normally wouldn't have come across, and in the process finding more awesome blogs to follow!  Here are some recipes I've found via Pinterest and tried out.  Hope you enjoy them too!


This simple biscuit pizza bake is from Food.com and the little man loved it!


We made this yummy bowtie mushroom spinach pasta from Better Homes and Gardens for St. Patty's Day (we dyed the paste green!)


I love love LOVE this goat cheese and pesto pork loin recipe from Our Family Treat (if you've been following along for a while, you might have seen this one before)!


I made these one night for company and there was not a shred left!  These chicken caesar sandwiches from the Girl Who Ate Everything are super-easy and delicious!


This is what I had for lunch today-a guacamole tomato grilled cheese.  It might not sound all that appetizing, but trust me, it is!  The how to can be found over at Two Peas and Their Pod.


This isn't exactly a full dinner, but a great recipe nonetheless.  I made the taco seasoning and it was AMAZING!  I will never buy those little packets from the store again.  You can find the recipe for the taco seasoning along with many others over at Self-Reliance by Jaime.


This has to be one of my very favorite dinner recipes that I've tried.  These Southwestern Egg Rolls from Cake and Allie are soooooooooooooo good!  I changed up the recipe a little when I made them, so I'll share it along with my changes in red.
Southwestern Egg Rolls
For the egg rolls:

2 cups frozen corn, thawed- I just used a 16 oz. can of corn and drained it

1-15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1-9 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry with paper towel
I'm not a fan of frozen spinach, so I used fresh-about 2-3 cups and chopped it up
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
1-7oz can diced green chiles, drained-I omitted these
4 green onions, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
I added one large chicken breast, cooked through and shredded, to all of this, too.
1 package of egg roll or wonton wrappers


Preheat oven to 425F. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together all of your ingredients (minus the egg roll wrappers, of course.) Using a small spoon, scoop a small amount of filling onto the wrapper. Starting at a corner, carefully start to roll the wrapper. When it’s slightly rolled, tuck in the two side and continue rolling to the last point. Wet your finger with water and dab a bit on the corner to seal the egg roll. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling, placing them slightly apart on the baking sheet.
Lightly spray the tops of the egg rolls with cooking spray and bake for 15 minutes, flipping them at least once during baking.

And that's it!
If you happen to check out any of the recipes featured, please leave those bloggers some love.  It makes them smile.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Open Shop!

My shop The Rustic Lily is open and ready for business once again!  We've taken a bit of a hiatus over the summer to spend time with our families and work on some new items.

Here are some of my current favorites from the shop:


This sweet watermelon bloom headband is from our children's line, Little Lily.  I love the fun, bright colors!


We have some new rag bracelet sets in the shop now-this is our Black, White and Red Allover set.


These delicate Falling Leaf Earrings are so pretty and available just in time for fall!  


Perfect for special occasions or days when you just want to feel extra lovely, our Coral Chiffon Bloom adds that pop!


Halloween is right around the corner (I know!  Where has this year gone?!) and our Hair Pin Trio in Pretty Spooky is all treat.


I love love love this antiqued brass Bird and Branch necklace-with just a little pop of red.


This is my favorite of our baby blooms-the Floral Bloom headband's center is hand beaded with pearl beads and adds some sass to your little one's outfit.


And we have a TON of awesome vintage goodies in our Vintage Lily section-this awesome Elephant Cuff is in there and would make a great statement piece for any outfit.

And because you guys are awesome and I love you, I'm offering 15% off all purchases in my shop until the end of the month.  Use code SCRAPANDSCRIBS15 when you checkout for your discount.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Hand Towel Bag Dispenser

I'm a big fan of reusable grocery bags.  They make my life easier.  But I some times forget to bring them into the store with me, so we do end up with plastic bags.  I use them as liners for our trashcans and in lieu of fancy diaper pails.  So I need a place to keep them organized and at hand.  For about $3, I turned an ordinary dish towel into a nice little bag for my bags.


This one hangs in our garage, right outside the kitchen door and I made a second one for in the baby's room.


To make one, all you need is:
A dish towel
Skinny elastic
Small safety pin
Hot glue gun and glue


Cut two lengths of elastic just a few inches longer than the ends of the towel.  Take one of the pieces of elastic and the safety pin and pin it to one end.


Using the tube created by the hem at the end of the towel (it should be open all the way across, so look for that when picking out your towel) thread the elastic through, safety pin end first, using the pin to pull it through.  Make sure you hold on to the other end while you do this.


Grab the two ends of the elastic and pull tight


Until it's a tight as you can get, forming a circle.


Like so.  Tie the ends of the elastic together in a knot and trim off extra.


Repeat on the other end.  Keep the opening at this end a little looser when you tie it closed.


Your towel should look something like this now.  Flip it inside out and line up the outside edges.


Using your hot glue gun, draw a line of glue, a little bit at a time, down one of the edges and glue the other to it.


Turn it right-side out


It should look something like this-a tube with holes at either end.


I added a small loop of ribbon to the loose end to hang it with.  Just tie a piece of ribbon or twine or whatever you choose around the elastic, knotting it at one end.


Hang and fill with bags from the top (where your hanging loop is)


Pull the bags out through the opening at the bottom.  And there you have it-a cheap, easy and quick way to store those plastic bags you've got laying around.
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Friday, August 3, 2012

{Blast from the Past} Purple Rosette Tee


I dug this one out of the vaults and dusted it off for you all, in case you missed it the first time around.  I'm sure you have a tee or two hiding in your closet or shoved in the back of your drawer that could use a makeover.  Here's some inspiration for you:

Purple Rosette Tee


Today I'm sharing a simple way to disguise a holey tee.  I'm still a novice seamstress, so when it comes to me and sewing, simple is best.
I had a little bit of a mystery-a bunch of almost new tees were developing holes in them, all near the bottom of the shirt, thus ruining otherwise perfectly good shirts.  Not only was it frustrating because I didn't know what was causing the holes, but I felt like I was wasting money because these shirts that had only been worn 2 or 3 times were now trashed.  


This is only about half of the pile of shirts with holes.  I needed to come up with a creative way to cover up the holes without it being obvious that I was hiding something.

With the purple tee (which is also right there on the top), the holes were kind of big and covered a wider area


They were also a little off-center, so it presented a bigger challenge. 

To fix yours up, you'll need:
A holey tee
A tee to cut up in a matching/coordinating color
matching thread
rotary mat, cutter and ruler
tailor's chalk 


Then I found this tee at a consignment shop and had an idea.  It matched the contrast stitching on the purple holey tee perfectly.


It was only $3!  And HUGE!  I've never seen such a large medium-sized tee!  But that meant there was plenty of fabric to work with.


To start off with, I folded the dark purple tee in half and with tailor's chalk, marked a line diagonally down from the collar to just past the last hole at the bottom.


I pulled it out flat like this, still keeping it folded in half (see the chalk line) so that the area I cut out would be even.  Then I cut out that chunk-bye-bye holes!


I measured the length of the piece I cut out and the width at the bottom and cut a piece out using those measurements from the lavender tee.


I wanted it to have a gathered look at the top, so I stitched some thread in about 1/4 in. down from the top of the edge and gathered it by pulling on the thread.


Then, using the piece I had cut out of the purple tee as a guide, I trimmed up the lavender piece


Then pinned it in place.


And sewed the pieces together.


Like so.

Now, you could stop here if you wanted.  But I felt it needed a little something more.


Rosettes make everything prettier!  I cut a few strips of fabric from the lavender tee and rolled them into rosettes, stitching them in place as I went so they wouldn't come undone.


Then attached them to my tee at the collar.


And there you have it!


Holes? What holes?


I'm quite pleased with how it turned out and I hope you love yours too!


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